Father – His Person
His Person (God the Father)
Think of the best daddy in the entire world, someone kind, generous, patient, loving, fun, always present and gentle. On top of that, this daddy comes home each day with a new totally awesome gift. Alsways something you absolutely wished for. Each day, decades after decades.
That would simply be a feeble beginning of understanding who truly God the Father is.
For some odd reason, God the Father has been portrayed, either in some paintings and in certain circles (Religions) as an angry old man with a big white beard. Sort of a mean cousin of Santa Claus. That image of the Father is simply not true. The Father is Spirit. No form to speak of.
He is also the Father of Jesus of Nazareth.
For those who believe in the Son and his work on the cross, God the Father becomes “our” Father. In that relationship, we are overwhelmed by His perfect intense love for us.
The Father longs to have children… the more the better. He wants us to be with Christ in glory, in His own dwelling (house). In fact, His love has nothing to do with our condition or our own personality or character. You see, He loves us perfectly, regardless of who we are and what we have done. The only thing He requires on our part is faith in the sacrificial work of His Son, Jesus, on the cross. And God will not impose Himself on you. He leaves you totally free to accept the work of His Son or to reject it. (Here, we are not addressing the subject of “Predestination” nor the work of the “Holy Spirit”) .
In creation, God is the God of all of us (the world).
In redemption, God is the Father of the redeemed (the believers).
In time and space, the Father sent His Son, the Christ, to find a way to “redeem” us (to save us). That was done when Jesus bore our sins on the cross. He paid the price to make us “whole”. Jesus died for that purpose, to pay the price so that whatever was wrong “in” us would be made right in the eyes of God. When Jesus came back to life, (resurrection) that became the demonstration that His work was accepted by God the Father. Those who believe in this now have Eternal Life.
So we needed the work of Christ. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me“. Cool stuff.
The Father is Eternal, He is distinct in Personality and He is Present in our lives and He drives the Purpose. He has no form because the Father is a Spirit.
An this is also very cool. (The following parantheses are mine).
In Romans 8:15, the Apostle Paul writes this: “For you have not received a spirit of bondage again for fear (like a frightened slave); but you have received a spirit of adoption (like a beloved child), whereby we cry, Abba, Father”.
“Abba” is a Aramaic term that appears three times in the Greek New Testament (*) and it denotes a specific “family” context or relationship word. It suggests an intimate relations like “papa”.
Have a wonderful day… or nite ;-)
(*) and in Mark 14:36 and in Galatians 4:6.